Can Drinking Coffee Help You Lose Weight?

For many, waking up with a warm cup of joe is a morning ritual they can’t live without. Whether you enjoy it black, with a splash of coconut milk, or mixed with cinnamon and honey, coffee really perks up your day and puts you in the right kind of mojo. (Heck—you may even take a cue from Starbucks’ brand new line of coffee drinks, “Oleato,” which is infused with olive oil!) And if you’re looking to drop extra pounds off your waistline, your daily coffee habit can come in especially clutch. We chatted with an expert and are here to share how drinking coffee can help you lose weight.

Laura Burak MS, RD, founder of GetNaked® Nutrition and author of Slim Down with Smoothies, breaks down the benefits of adding coffee to your weight loss regimen. However, she stresses that coffee shouldn’t replace meals or snacks. “I often find clients that struggle with a history of dieting to still use a 3 p.m. cup of coffee as a substitute for food, as a way to skip a meal and save calories as it does temporarily suppress your appetite. So when you are hungry, please eat,” Burak tells us.

That being said, coffee can be a stellar addition to the current steps you’re taking to get into shape. So keep reading to learn more about the best ways drinking coffee can help you lose weight. And next, don’t miss Do These 5 Things Every Morning To Lose Weight Faster, Dietitian Says.

Excerpted from Eat This, Not That!

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